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Stricker marks PGA funding to expand UW-Madison golf instruction

Professional golfer Steve Stricker is giving a boost to student golf instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison by designating the university to receive $45,000 through the 2008 Ryder Cup Outreach Program. Stricker, an Edgerton native, was a member of last year’s victorious U.S. Ryder Cup Team.

The funds, distributed through the Play Golf America University Program, will enable the Physical Education Activity Program in the Department of Kinesiology and the Division of Recreational Sports to expand golf programs at UW-Madison. This includes adding eight more sections of the golf activity course over the next two years, led by two instructors certified by the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America.

“The additional sections will significantly help the P.E. Activity Program match student demand for the course and will provide high-quality instruction to enrich the student golf experience,” said program ccordinator Ronnie Carda.

The funding also will help support the Division of Recreational Sports’ fifth annual “Scramble 2 Vegas” golf tournament this year. The tournament serves as a local qualifier for the National Collegiate Golf Championship, held in Las Vegas in November, according to Nick Lumpkin, the intramural and club sport coordinator for Recreational Sports. The top three student, faculty/staff and alumni division teams qualify for the national tournament, with the top student team receiving a Las Vegas Championship package to help fund their trip.

Through the 2008 Ryder Cup Outreach Program, Stricker and other members of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team selected universities and colleges to receive Play Golf America University funding from the PGA of America. Play Golf America is a player-development program designed to teach and engage college students through PGA professional instruction and other golf programs. Since its inception in 1999, the program has given $13 million on behalf of the Ryder Cup Team members and captains.

Stricker, playing for the first time on the U.S. Ryder Cup Team, selected UW-Madison as one of the institutions to receive support. Bill Ehn, of the PGA’s Wisconsin section, presented the award to UW-Madison on Stricker’s behalf.

Distinguished A.Ward

Dr. Ann Ward, a faculty associate in the Department of Kinesiology, is among the seven faculty and staff nominees who received a 2009 School of Education Distinguished Achievement Award.

Since joining the faculty in 1992, Ann has been teaching core undergraduate and graduate courses, advising undergraduate majors, administering the undergraduate program, serving on committees at all levels, conducting research, writing grants and remaining professionally involved at the local, state and national levels.

She is a nationally recognized expert in exercise testing and training and the role of physical activity in improving health. She has written dozens of peer-reviewed articles, four books and 12 book chapters. She currently is a co-investigator on a $10 million grant studying the effects of smoking cessation on cardio-respiratory fitness – and her academic appointment doesn’t even include research.

Those who benefit most from Ann’s expertise and service are the students, who learn to assess fitness levels from the person who conducted the training studies and developed the tests recommended in the widely used American College of Sports Medicine Guidelines for Exercise Prescription.

Ann advises 75 students per semester on various academic issues and post-graduation careers and coordinates the field placement program. She has provided leadership in designing and updating the curricula of Kinesiology’s three major options – exercise and movement science, athletic training, and physical education teacher preparation. Her experience, dedication and service have helped to make Kinesiology a high-quality program.

Senior Staff Member Rewarded for Decades of Service

Diana Taylor recently received a 2009 School of Education 30-Year Service Award for her loyalty and dedication to the Department, the School and the University. She worked in the Chancellor’s office and the Department of Sociology before joining the Kinesiology staff as Department Administrator in 1989.

Alumnus James M. Hagberg gives 3rd Annual Montoye-Nagle Lecture

Dr. Hagberg, of the University of Maryland, presented the third annual Montoye-Nagle Lecture on Thursday April 30, 2009 in the Health Sciences Learning Center . Hagberg gave a talk entitled “Exercise & Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors at the Cellular, Genetic, & Clinical Levels.”

Hagberg received his PhD from UW-Madison in 1976, under the direction of Prof. Francis J. Nagle. He has published more than 200 scientific research articles in the fields of cardiovascular physiology and exercise physiology. His research has contributed greatly to our understanding of genetic markers of cardiovascular diseases and their responsiveness to exercise interventions. He received the ACSM Citation Award in 2004 and is currently a Professor in the Departments of Kinesiology and Medicine at the University of Maryland.

Patty Freedson to give 3rd Safrit Lecture

The 3rd annual Safrit Lecture will take place on Friday, Oct. 9, 2009 from 4-5pm in room 1335 of the Health Sciences Learning Center, 750 Highland Ave. Dr. Freedson, of UMass-Amherst, will give a talk entitled “Novel Analytic Techniques to Process Physical Activity Accelerometer Data: A New Solution to an Old Problem.” Freedson specializes in exercise physiology, the assessment of fitness and physical activity, pediatric exercise physiology, and physical activity and health in selected populations. Her current research interests include children’s responses to exercise, physical activity assessment, and exercise and women’s health.

The Safrit Lecture was established to honor UW-Madison Kinesiology Professor Emerita Margaret Jo Safrit. Safrit joined the faculty in 1970 and served the department for 21 years, with outstanding contributions to the field of measurement in physical education and exercise science. 

Other News

Cindy Kuhrasch was named the Institution of Higher Education (IHE) representative for the WI Department of Public Instruction for Spring 2009 and Head Start, Body Start consultant by AAHPERD Summer 2009.

Dan Timm presented "Who Am I? Does it Matter?" at the Educators' Network for Social Justice Anti-racist Anti-bias Teaching Conference in Milwaukee in March.

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